A global partnership of independent, not for profit, transport consultancies has collaborated on policies and recommendations for national and local authorities to grow a mature, flourishing, and equitable electric vehicle charging ecosystem.
By bringing together inputs from different countries, the insights will provide Governments across the globe with recommendations to develop their own EV infrastructure policies and programmes which will underpin the necessary switch to zero emission vehicles.
A range of policy interventions are needed to ensure equitable access to charging, regardless of land tenure, driver disability or socio-economic status, as EVs become a mainstream option for personal and commercial vehicles and charger installations accelerate. Policies should be coordinated to improve charger reliability and enhance interoperability, tackle electricity network constraints, and support poor business cases to ensure that mature ecosystems flourish.
Effective charging ecosystems will match users with charging locations and charging types, therefore, infrastructure policies must differentiate between, and separately address, those who will charge privately and drivers who are reliant on public charging.
The recommendations encourage accelerated plans for, and deployment of, dedicated public charging hubs and public travel corridors to host Fast, Rapid and Ultra-Rapid chargers, as demand from vehicles which cannot be charged privately will increase significantly. This is especially for priority user groups identified by global stakeholders, notably from ‘fleets & staff’, ‘high mileage local’ and ‘long haul’ drivers.
The report, “Policies for a mature, flourishing & equitable EV charging ecosystem”, produced by the Global Sustainable Mobility Partnership (GSMP) for the ZEV Alliance, was launched today at an event in Glasgow ahead of the COP26 Transport Day on November 10th. It includes contributions from GSMP members in America, UK, Netherlands, South Africa, and India, citing examples from across the International ZEV Alliance membership.